Should I Repair Or Replace My Toilet?
Toilet repairs can be tricky, especially if your toilet is decades old and always having issues with clogging or poor flushing. While there are some simple repairs you can perform on your older commode to keep it working properly as long as possible, at some point when the hassle and irritation with constant problems and repairs are too much and it makes financial sense to have the toilet replaced. But how do you know when it’s finally time to replace your toilet instead of repairing it? Here are some helpful pointers to help you determine when your commode has finally flushed its last flush.
Common Toilet Issues
Some toilet plumbing problems can be a simple fix for homeowners with basic DIY skills, while others require the expertise of a plumbing professional.
Clogs and Overflows
— Clogs from plumbing issues or inappropriately flushed items can result in unpleasant overflows that need plunging and mopping. If you find yourself frequently relying on the plunger to deal with random stoppages, it might be time to hang up the plunger and install a new toilet.
Constant Running — Constant running or refilling can be due to an improperly adjusted float, cracked or leaking floats or a worn or damaged flapper. Replacing the float or flapper will generally resolve this issue.
Poor Flushing — There are a variety of reasons your toilet may not flush properly, including an outdated low-flow toilet, a clogged siphon jet, low water levels, or clogged sewage lines. Solutions generally require professional plumbing services.
Leaks — Broken flanges, a bad wax ring, invisible hairline cracks and bad seals can all contribute to leaking. Often leaking isn’t apparent until your flooring is damaged. If not addressed by a plumbing professional, rot, mold, mildew and structural damage may result.
How Many Repairs are Too Many?
Fixing a minor toilet issue here and there is something most homeowners will have to deal with. However, if you find you constantly have to call the plumber, the disadvantages will outweigh avoiding installing a new toilet. If your toilet is in need of constant repair or needs a complete rebuild with a fill valve, flapper, handle, float or wax ring, you’ll save money in the long run by replacing it.
Benefits of Replacing Your Toilet
While there is an upfront cost, replacing a troublesome or inefficient toilet with a newer low-flow model may be the most cost-effective option. Newer models offer a variety of designs, shapes, sizes and technologies, and can help you save money on your water bill. In addition to eliminating plumbing headaches, replacing your toilet has other benefits such as:
- Reducing sewer or septic waste flow.
- Preventing the need for expensive clogs, leaks and repairs.
- Reducing water use by almost two gallons per flush compared to older models.
- Improves your bathroom’s aesthetic appeal and style, and enhances your decor.
- Matches your overall remodeling design.
- Increases comfort levels.
Need More Plumbing Help?
Are you having minor toilet issues that need the attention of a plumbing expert? Trying to decide if it’s time to say goodbye to your old commode? For answers to these and any other plumbing questions, call the plumbing professionals at Amanda Plumbing today!